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How the heck is http://to./ a valid domain name?

http://to./ must be the shortest domain name I have ever seen. How can did they register a domain without an extension?

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There's already a question on Serverfault and it really belongs there...but it will get closed as duplicate there...a moral conundrum... –  Jason Punyon Dec 3 '09 at 21:32
duplicate: serverfault.com/questions/90737/… –  Tim Büthe Dec 3 '09 at 21:56

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They didn't, they have a top level domain (.to) - http://www.to/ is them (when entering http://to./your browser automatically inserted the www. part and the trailing . prevented your browser from adding .com

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-1 The browser doesn't insert anything. It send a DNS request for the domain "to", whick correspond to –  GetFree Dec 3 '09 at 22:30

Perhaps you are mistaken?

$ whois to.

No whois server is known for this kind of object.

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